Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shall He find faith?

This is an excerpt from the 'Gospel Standard' magazine, from 2004....

 2003 has been a year of anniversaries; but one that has been claimed is the 50th anniversary of television. In what sense, we do not exactly know – unless it be that 1953 was the year when its influence became prevalent in British homes. The claim is now made that 65% of children in this country have a television set in their bedrooms. 
Yet during the year (April 7th) the Daily Telegraph published a long and interesting article. A family made the experiment of doing without television completely for five weeks. The results were amazing. Never had the children done better at school and, despite initial protests, never had the family been so happy. “Friends are incredulous,” the author wrote, “when I tell them that the children don’t seem to miss television.” One of the teachers commented on one of the children: “To say his reading and concentration have improved times one-hundred would not be overstating the truth.” All this in a worldly family, and written by a radio script writer. Another newspaper article (again secular) was entitled “The Death of Wisdom.” The summary was: “Never have we had so much expertise in our daily lives. But do we really know how to stay happily married, raise our children well or face death?” The answer given was No. 
We have so much learning, technology, scientific advance – but “we have a divorce rate approaching 50%, our courts are crammed with criminal and maladjusted youngsters, and our obsession with health fads indicates our growing belief that death can be infinitely postponed.” “When it comes to the basic wisdom that should be the very basis of our society, we have become intellectual paupers compared to our ancestors.” But all this is just as Scripture promised: “Lo, they have rejected the Word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jer. 8. 9). 
So increasingly we have foolish, God-dishonouring laws, and good laws are abolished. But what can we say of professed religion? “The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew Me not: the pastors also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit” (Jer. 2. 8). 
Perhaps the most scandalous thing of all that has happened in our lifetime has been the consecration of an actively homosexual man in the NEW YEAR ADDRESS 3 Episcopal church (the American form of the Church of England) on November 2nd. Some things in holy Scripture may appear debatable, but nothing can be clearer than the condemnation of sodomy (as the Word of God describes it) as an abomination in the Lord’s sight. Can this be the Church of Toplady and Newton? Those who have objected are accused of lack of Christian love. Does the love of Christ lead to immorality? Many, who should know better, have agreed. Many have been silent. Those who have opposed have often done so on false ground – simply that this will cause schism in the Church. Disgracefully, the police have even questioned the Bishop of Chester because he suggested that homosexuals could be converted to heterosexuality.
 It was left to the Archbishop of Abuga (Nigeria) to be the most forthright in his condemnation of the appointment in America. “We totally reject and renounce this obnoxious attitude and behaviour .... It is devilish and satanic. It comes directly from the pit of hell. It is an idea sponsored by Satan himself and being executed by his followers and adherents who have infiltrated the Church .... A clear choice has been made for a Church that exists primarily in allegiance to the unbiblical departures and waywardness of our generation; a Church that enthrones the will of man over and above the authority of God and His revealed and written Word.” from the Gospel Standard

It seems today the voices that cry out are few in number. Where are the Apostles Peter and Paul in our day? Where are the men of God who stand firm on His truth, crying out and calling sinners to repentance? The 'celebrity' preachers are too busy making the conference circuit selling their 'wares'- books, cds, study bibles, etc. What a disgrace! Christ overturned the money changers tables in the temple, yet we have the same thing happening in our day. Hitler rightly stated this in his day, "I promise you", he boasted in his inner circle, "that if I wish to I could destroy the church in just a few years. It is hollow, it is rotten, and false through and through. One push and the whole structure would collapse. We should trap the preachers by their notorious greed and self-indulgence. We shall thus be able to settle everything with them in perfect peace and harmony. I shall give them a few years reprieve, why should we quarrel? They will swallow anything in order to keep their material advantage. The parsons will be made to dig their own graves, they will betray their God for us. They will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and incomes." Adolf Hitler - from

Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?


Darrel said...

Why, indeed, would the wicked one destroy his most trusted ally, his confidant, his friend and spokesperson, the visible "church" with all it's accommodating flavors throughout the world. It will be the instrument of the unveiling of himself, the false prophet and the beast. He thinks it will be the final 'undoing' of all the Sovereign God has created and even of the Trinity. The wicked one claims the death of Christ to be his finest accomplishment, little does he know and surely will never admit that the Crucifixion and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ was his final undoing as he and his minions were made a public spectacle, eternally ending their reign of terror on God and man (Col. 2:13-15) though the realization of his demise is not yet seen.

The question the Lord poses is rhetorical with the only valid answer being 'no.' Always sad, and sometimes a little scary.

lyn said...

Exactly Darrel. Yes, when our Lord returns, true saving faith will be as scarce as water in the desert. Yep, sad and scary.